jcsuperstar wrote:i think random things just happen to people sometimes. i dont think poking my brother in the eyes in a past life is the reason i'll get hit by lightning in this one.. i think the lightning is just a fluke, random natrual thing i had to deal with, it has causes and conditions that brought it into being and so do i, and we just happened to colide, no big morality story there...
appicchato wrote:Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Then why do some people get faulty genes while others do not?
My (limited) understanding leans towards saying: because of past life volitional actions...
As such, it seems wise to never judge a person's condition is the result of past karma, as it clearly may not be.
clw_uk wrote:Of course but no reason to assume that its not
DarkDream wrote:clw_uk wrote:Of course but no reason to assume that its not
Yes, good point. But I think it is essential to give a person the benefit of the doubt instead of assigning blame which essentially is what some one does when they say that a person is like this due to actions in a past life.
mikenz66 wrote:Also, I think that it may be more helpful to reflect on these things in the forward direction, "If I do bad stuff I will suffer...", rather than being backward looking (which, beyond the general issue that suffering exists, is somewhat pointless because of the un-knowability...)
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:There is no room for blind chance or moral impotency in Buddhism.
Sure, but aren't they still ordered and not random?retrofuturist wrote:... there are niyamas that function without direct causality from kamma.
Jechbi wrote:Sure, but aren't they still ordered and not random?retrofuturist wrote:... there are niyamas that function without direct causality from kamma.
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